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BBC (UK), AFP

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DHAKA ­­– A new fire in a garment factory in Bangladesh has killed eight people including the factory’s managing director and a police officer.

The fire broke out overnight in a clothes factory in the capital Dhaka, racing through first three floors of the 11-story building. The factory’s 300 workers had gone home for the day.

“It was a big fire but we managed to confine it,” Mahbubur Rahman, operations director of Bangladesh’s fire service told the AFP. “The victims died from the “toxic smoke from burnt acrylic clothing,” he said.

The death toll from last month’s Rana Plaza building collapse is now up to 912 people, officials announced on Thursday. About 2,500 people were injured in the collapse.

After a spate of recent tragedies, the government announced on Wednesday it was shutting down 18 garment factories for safety reasons, reports the BBC.

"We have seen that those who claim to be the best compliant factories in Bangladesh have not fully abided by building regulations," said Abdul Latif Siddique, the Bangladeshi textile minister.

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Fading Flavor: Production Of Saffron Declines Sharply

Saffron is well-known for its flavor and its expense. But in Kashmir, one of the flew places it grows, cultivation has fallen dramatically thanks for climate change, industry, and farming methods.

Photo of women harvesting saffron in Kashmir

Harvesting of Saffron in Kashmir

Mubashir Naik

In northern India along the bustling Jammu-Srinagar national highway near Pampore — known as the saffron town of Kashmir —people are busy picking up saffron flowers to fill their wicker baskets.

During the autumn season, this is a common sight in the Valley as saffron harvesting is celebrated like a festival in Kashmir. The crop is harvested once a year from October 21 to mid-November.

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